The 2006 documentary Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, which was created from Super 8 footage that Police drummer Stewart Copeland shot during his band’s heyday, gets its first release on Blu-ray and digitally today, and also is being reissued on DVD.
From playing clubs in 1978 through performing in front of hundreds of thousands at the 1982 U.S. Festival, the film follows The Police as they ascend to superstardom.
Copeland, who narrates the film, tells ABC Radio that among the unique aspects of his movie is that it begins when the band is near the start of its career.
“[A]t the time, we felt that the rocket ship had already taken off, and it was very exciting for us to be playing those clubs and to be doing an in-store promotion where 10 people came up!” he notes. “We had no idea where it was going to end up a couple years later.”
Another thing Copeland says sets Everyone Stares apart from other rock docs is that “the camera is in the band.” He adds, “[I]t’s very much a first-person shooter, so…the fans are coming right into the camera, shouting at you, the viewer.”
Meanwhile, while The Police have long been perceived as a band whose members often bickered, Stewart says that “one of my favorite things about rediscovering the footage, was how cheerful we all were. And I remember that we were cheerful most of the time…There was a lot of camaraderie, and a lot of high jinks.”
Extras featured on the Everyone Stares Blu-ray and DVD include about 20 minutes of backstage and onstage footage that Copeland says he “just couldn’t shoehorn into the movie,” as well as a commentary track recorded by Stewart and Police guitarist Andy Summers.
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